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Russian Vocabulary And Other Interesting Pictures

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

Calèche

   
         
    The calèche is a two-wheeled horse drawn vehicle.   Sometimes the calèche has a driver's seat, and sometimes it does not.

 

 

Countryside

   
   The Russian countryside can harbor very harsh conditions for Russian peasants (noblemen too!).

 

University of Kazan

   
   The University of Kazan was established in 1804. Tolstoy studied at the University, but did not receive a degree. Other notable Kazan scholars include Vladimir Lenin and Aksakov.

 

 

Kreutzer Sonata

   
   Click the picture above for a sound clip of Beethoven's "Kreutzer Sonata." The reference is to Tolstoy's short story of the same title.

 

 

Il Mio Tesoro

   
   Click the picture above for an audio clip from Mozart's Don Giovanni of "Il Mio Tesoro," the song Stiva is dreaming about at the opening of Anna Karenina.

 

 

Mir

 

 

 

       
 

 

 

The Russian Mir was a village community in czarist Russia where land was owned jointly and cultivated by individual families.  

 

 

Moscow

 

Click here for an excellent history of the city of Moscow.

 
         
 

Two images of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The bottom one is live and updated regularly.

 

Two sketches of Moscow - the top is of the Moscow river and the bottom of Red Square in the 19th Century.

 

 

 

Alexander Nevsky

  Alexander Nevsky (1220-1263) was prince of the Russian territory (Novgorod) from 1236-1251.

The Order of Alexander Nevsky is one of the highest military awards to be had.

 
         
         

 

Peasants

   
  The Russian peasant holds a crucial place in Russian history as well as in Tolstoy's literature. Above is a peasant in dress from the early 19th Century.   Above is a woman in peasant dress from the early 19th Century.  
         
         
 
 
    Above are young peasant ladies in dress from the 1870s.
 
 
 
 
    Above are various images from peasant life in rural Russia from around 1850.
 

 

 

Saint Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman Statue

   
         
         
     
      Statue of Russia's greatest poet, Pushkin.  
         
 

View of modern Saint Petersburg. Click picture for enlarged version.

   

 

 

Samovar

   
         
  The samovar is an urn for heating and keeping hot water for tea.      

 

Sevastopol

     
         
    Sevastopol was the scene of a large battle during the Crimean War of 1854-56. Tolstoy himself fought in the battle at Sevastopol and will relate some of his experiences in his "Sevastopol Stories."    

 

 

Soldiers

     
         
    Above is a depiction of Russian soldiers from the 1880s.    

 

 

Troika    

   
         
  A troika is a Russian carriage used for transportation drawn by, usually, three horses.  

 

 

 

Tula   

 

 
       
  Tula is a town located 200 kilometers south of Moscow. This is the town where Tolstoy was born, at Yasnaya Polyana in 1828.